Dear Fellow Arrowmen,
Our Fall service projects are 2/3 over. Many arrowmen help out with the Scouting for Food "second pickup". Groups of youth and adult arrowmen fanned out across Piedmont and picked up the bags of food that were missed or put out late on Saturday.
The same day, many dedicated arrowmen put in a days effort at the Tree Lot Setup. The big canopy, electrical, lights, work areas and more were erected. As in past years, a huge amount of work was done, and the lot looked ready for operation by the end of the day.
On Friday, December the 23rd, the Tree Lot will be torn down and cleaned up. Many more youth and adult arrowmen are needed to complete the destruction and internment of the lot. If you signed up for this project at the Lodge Dinner, please don't forget to attend at 9:00am that Friday. If you didn't sign up, and need additional service hours for the Leadership in Service Award, this is a great opportunity to get some hours.
The highlight of the dinner was our guest speaker this year, Bobby Teebay. Bobby is an Army vet from Iraq. Bobby spoke about the war in Iraq , his training, and his experiences as a tank driver. The lodge was rivited as he spoke, and we got to see his gas mask and a piece of shrapnel from a bomb that damaged his Humvee.
The Founder's Award, was presented to Chris Lee Sr., for his continuing contributions to the Lodge, Troop 6, and the Piedmont Council. Chris is an inspiration to all of us, and he truely represents the best of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service.
Afterwards, we had a great Brotherhood Ceremony performed by our ceremonies team (who else?) which inducted 5 members into the honor of Brotherhood.
Dear Hungteetsepoppi Lodge,
Greetings from the 2005 Lodge Ordeal! As you read this, new members and old members have trickled back into whence they came to resume their daily habits, spirits having been lifted by an incredible weekend of growth, brotherhood, and cheerful service! Initial bad weather threatened to plunge asunder the positive attitudes of members and candidates alike, but the heavy rains and downpours were taken in stride as we plowed forward together toward the reward of a job done, and well done at that. All aspects of the weekend ran incredibly smoothly, from dedicated service projects to decadent cuisine to profound ceremonies, and this is owed in it's entirety to the positive outlook and genuine unity shown by the lodge and its leadership. In all, seven Ordeal candidates were made members through the toils of these three days and seven Ordeal members received the Brotherhood Honor.
With new members promising contribution, we moved on to recognize those who would be leading it, the new lodge officers elected at the conclave! Instated were Kevin C.; Lodge Chief, Jacob A., Andrew H., and Patrick N. as the three Vice Chiefs of Membership, Finance, and Activities respectively. We are all looking forward to a great year with these guys as our new leadership! With the weekend wrapped up and weather beaten members eager for home, the 2005 Ordeal was completed with a somber sense of achievement and another job well done. Three things more can be said about the Ordeal: The service was rewarding, the company was cheerful, and the food was ridiculously tasty! Thank you Hungteetsepoppi Lodge for this weekend of commitment and friendship!
Yours in Brotherhood,
LEADERSHIP IN SERVICE AWARD - LAST CHANCE TO EARN 1ST YEAR RIBBON
(From the National OA Website)
In recognition of the Order of the Arrow's heritage of service,
the National Order of the Arrow Committee created a new three-year
Leadership in Service Program which was announced at the 2004
NOAC. The Order strives to strengthen Scouting's foundation of
service by further fostering in Arrowmen the ethic of servant
leadership. By promoting and rewarding service that benefits the
Boy Scouts of America's outdoor program, and the communities in
which Scouts reside, the Order will be acting to support Scouting
at the most important level.
Leadership in Service Award Criteria
Arrowmen must complete the following requirements each year in which they earn the award:
* Give 8 hours of service participating in a lodge, or council
service project benefiting a local council camp (lodge induction
weekends do count). Service may be split over two or more events.
* Give 6 hours of service doing a community service project planned and run by the lodge.**
**Scouting for Food, Tree Lot Setup, Bike Rodeo, etc.
The timeline for the Leadership in Service Award is a graduated system that encourages Arrowmen to continue their service from year to year. Requirements for the award can be met during the calendar years of 2005, 2006, and 2007. Service from a previous year cannot be carried over to meet the next year's requirements. Arrowmen of all ages may earn the First Year award in 2005, 2006 or 2007, the Second Year in 2006 or 2007, and the Third Year Award in 2007 only.
Signatures for the requirements of this award may be signed off by the Arrowman's Scoutmaster, Lodge Chief and Lodge Advisers. Arrowmen should contact their lodge to obtain sign-off forms. Completed forms should be returned to the lodge.
A Leadership In Service Award Sign-Off form is available for Arrowmen to use to report the completion of this award to their lodge.
The 2004 NOAC (National OA Conference) was an event not likely to be forgotton soon by the 16 Lodge members that attended. NOAC 2006 will be held in East Lansing, Michigan on the campus of Michigan State University in the summer of 2006.
Classes, Patches, and sports, that's what greeted Hungteetsepoppi Lodge at last summer's National Order of the Arrow Conference in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University. Our group of 10 youth and 4 adults had a blast right away, having attended we had to fit all our youth into one room, which was quite a spectacle to watch. At the Trade-o-ree our guys were able to wheel and deal and come to the University ready with a bunch of patches to continue to trade. They were eager to get to the end of the day when the patch trading was unleashed. First, however, they had to take classes in the morning, ranging from things like "Teepee Life and Etiquette" to scuba diving, the Trade-o-ree before Conference, where we were the service lodge. Since we were the service lodge we were able to stay at the nearby Holiday Inn for no charge.
We learned many valuable things from these classes and everyone is hoping to use our knowledge to better the lodge. One of the things we are hoping to accomplish is to make dance regalia for our newly formed dance team. After the classes we had lunch in the cafeteria, where they served excellent food. Each meal was complex and delicious. After lunch it was time for a quick change at the dorm rooms we stayed in and then off to the gym for our sports competitions. We signed up for all the sporting events, which were basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and flag football, and kickball. Due to conflicts of time we limited it to just basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and kickball. We made it to the quarter finals in all the events, but the final competitions were all at the same time, so again we limited it to just basketball. We passed the quarterfinals, we passed the semifinals, and we made it to the championship game. However, in a three-point loss we came away with second, but this was still a huge surprise and accomplishment for us. Now there was some down time, we had dinner, and then it was show time.
Almost each night they put on a show that had skits, awards,
music, and highlights of the day. Our own Stephen Renner was asked
to do a comedic short film segment introducing and ending the
highlights, which made going to the shows something to look forward
to. After the shows there was a couple of hours of patch trading.
As the older guys walked around, the younger guys set up their
own table and let the trades come to them, after only having started
patch trading that week. After patch trading it was lights out
to wait for the next morning's surprises and excitement. The days
came and went and soon it was time to go back home. Those going
separate ways said their good buys, and we left Iowa and its cornfields
until a different NOAC calls us back.
By Stephen Renner
TIME TO PAY YOUR ANNUAL LODGE DUES
It's the end of the year, and it's time to turn in the lodge's charter to National. Stand up and be part of the lodge! We need you to pay your dues now, or you won't be officially registered as part of the lodge. If you didn't attend the Ordeal, and didn't pay at the lodge Dinner, please take a few minutes to send a check to the Lodge for $10, which will cover your dues until the Fall of 2006.
Why has the Lodge dues increased from $8 to $10? Well, our
costs have gone up. The fees we pay the National OA, are going
up next Fall. Also, we are paying more for printing, (mailings,
Planbook, etc.) and we are mailing more information out. We hate
to do it, but we need to. Please make your check out to Hungteetsepoppi
466, and mail it to the Piedmont Council Office, 10 Highland Way,
Piedmont, CA 94611. Thanks!
UPCOMING EVENTS TO WATCH